Pax to Premiere ‘Cold Turkey II’ March 15

Feb 2, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Pax TV is bringing back its stop-smoking reality series “Cold Turkey” for a second installment, with another group of 10 unsuspecting smokers vying for a chance to quit smoking and win a cash prize. “Cold Turkey II” premieres Tuesday, March 15 at 10 p.m. (ET) with host A.J. Benza and will air regularly on Tuesdays, with repeats on Mondays at 10 p.m.

On March 8 at 10 p.m., Pax will reunite the 10 participants from season one for the “Cold Turkey Reunion Special,” airing one week before the series premiere.

In the first episode of “Cold Turkey II,” cast members think they are going to be on a show called “Pushing the Limits.” After the participants are dropped in the middle of the Grand Canyon, decoy host Jordan Murphy (NBC’s “For Love or Money”) convinces them they are in a show that tests their physical endurance. Two undercover actors playing nonsmokers are embedded among them to keep suspicions at bay as the smokers compete in challenges that secretly test their lungs.

Only when Mr. Benza arrives do the cast members learn they are in a competition to quit smoking.

Christopher Lisotta